Staying cool especially during summer months doesn’t mean you’re going to run the air conditioner all throughout the day. Because of the unbearable heat, we’ve put together several ways of keeping you cool. Always bear in mind that energy isn’t cheap at all. Power generation emits more toxins and greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. Keep yourself cool while saving tons of money and – saving the planet!
So let’s start off with the little things that could make a great difference but cost nothing to put into practice opticlimate. Well, most of these are just a matter of selfless energy habits.
- Place the thermostat to 78 and go higher, especially when the humidity is too low, until you already feel at ease. Turning the thermostat down to cool the room quickly doesn’t work by the way, it only makes the air condition run longer but not colder.
- Wear loose clothing. Dress lightly especially during the summers and do the same when you’re indoors. Absorbent, wickable cotton is a classic.
- Increase water intake. You should make it a habit to drink plenty of water. Cold drinks could help lower your body’s core temperature and they help cool you down very quickly.
- Draw your drapes. Always keep your curtains, shades, and blinds closed especially on the west side of your house. This will help keep the heat from getting in the house.
- Make sure to turn off needless heat-producing devices like incandescent light bulbs. They are a huge heat generator. Also turn off electronic gear when not in use.
- Use the microwave. Traditional cooking dumps all the heat inside the house. Rely on microwaves instead as they cook the food directly.
- Wash and dry your clothes only when the weather is cool. Do your laundry earlier during the day or later at night as much as possible. And don’t forget the clotheslines because they do give off heat inside the house.
4) Trees and oceans. Trees and oceans are Mother Nature’s answer to carbon dioxide. They can suck in CO2 and give back oxygen. But we’re cutting down 4 billion trees a year, millions to produce junk mail that nobody reads. All the oil and other refuse dumped down sewers and into waterways ends up in the oceans, compromising their ability to absorb CO2. What to do: Teach respect for the natural world and all it provides for us, and raise your children to see littering as inconceivable. Get off the mailing lists of catalogues you just throw away. Buy paper/wood products made from renewable sources like cork, bamboo, seaweed, and hemp whenever possible.
5) Air Pollution. Coal burning electric plants, industrial factories and smelters, along with automobiles, are also filling our air with noxious sulfur, nitrogen (the key ingredients in acid rain), and ozone. Not only harmful to buildings, plants and animals, this pollution is the main culprit in the huge increase in asthma and skin cancers. Folks, the U.S. government is also part of the problem here. The new “Clear Skies Act” goes easier on corporate polluters than did the older “Clean Air Act.” What to do: Email the president, your congressperson and senators about these issues. It takes less than 5 minutes to email all four at the non-partisan website . Spend 10 minutes and you can also find out how they’ve voted on environmental issues. Contribute to and vote for candidates who make our environment a priority.
6) Water. Irresponsible waste and inadequate water management already forces hundreds of millions of people in our world to live without access to safe water. Before long, half of the world will face this reality. In the U.S., one of four of America’s largest industrial plants is in violation of clean water standards. Corporate factory farms are a regular source of water pollution, as runoff from animal waste contaminates nearby streams and lakes. About 40,000 times every year, flooding causes antiquated sewage systems to overflow, spilling raw sewage into lakes, rivers and coastal waters. Instead of addressing the problem, funding to update these systems has been cut drastically and a new blending policy instituted allowing partially treated sewage to be intentionally discharged into American waterways during floods. Though America’s wetlands serve as a filter for pollution as well as floods and other storms, almost 60,000 acres of wetlands are destroyed each year. What to do: Use water sparingly. Water the lawn in the early morning and don’t over-water; better yet, install drought-hardy plants. Sweep the sidewalk rather than using water to clean it. Turn off the water while washing the car, brushing your teeth and shaving. Run only full loads of laundry and dishes. Install water-saving plumbing. Save rain water and the water you run waiting for it to get hot for watering plants.